CHICAGO Extruders Inc. is facing $166,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to protect workers from the inadvertent start-up of machinery during maintenance at its Wylie, Texas, facility.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 15 alleged safety violations following a March inspection prompted by complaints about safety hazards.
A willful violation citation was issued for allegedly failing to develop written procedures and make them available to workers. Alleged serious violations included failing to ensure and verify a workplace hazard assessment; conducting periodic inspection of lockout/tagout operations; providing lockout/tagout training for affected workers; ensuring the use of specific shift change procedures to prevent serious injuries or fatalities; failing to ensure machine guards were in place; and providing a way to lock an equipments means of disconnection in the open position.
"By failing to provide instructions on how to lockout and tagout service panels, Extruders exposed workers to possible electrocution hazards," said John Hermanson, OSHAs regional administrator in Dallas.
Extruders, a division of Wylie-based Atrium Cos Inc., produces aluminum windows and door frames.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the findings before an independent OSHA commission.